Biomimetics and Biomimicry in Engineering

Current developments in low-cost bamboo huts

In Info on 2012/04/11 at 2:28 pm

We are collaborating with Dr Ben Hughes and his PhD students (John Calautit and Hassam Chaudhry)  from the Univ of Leeds to study thermal and energy efficiency in our bamboo huts to assess comfortability of these as a low-cost housing solution. Bamboo huts can be upgraded to become residential dwellings, but also can be a handy resource in disaster aid and emergency relief situations for response teams in communities struck by the forces of nature.

Indoors testing rig at Heriot-Watt Univ, by Sean Paterson

Bamboo is a sustainable material which grows like a weed (in fact, it is a giant grass) and it is readily available in places like India, Bangladesh, Far East countries and South America. It grows fast (approx 30cm a day!!) unlike timber and it is ‘clean’ to dispose (versus high energy demanding materials such as concrete or steel, very expensive to produce).

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